Vidak: 'Energy Grid Regionalization' Plan Could Be Repeat of 'De-Reg' Debacle

Central Valley Senator warns other states’ legislators to be wary
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today sent a letter to legislators and governors in 10 western states (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) warning them about Governor Brown’s proposed “energy grid regionalization” plan.

Specifically, Vidak cited a recent statement by Brown’s key energy advisor – David Olsen, who serves on the CA Independent System Operator Board of Governors. 

“Timing is excellent for California to leverage its (environmental) policies across the West, to these states,” Olsen said at his Senate confirmation hearing on Aug. 10, 2016.

At the same Senate hearing, Olsen gushed about the Brown Administration’s plan to “retire coal.”

In his letter Vidak stated:

“…some radical environmentalists see regionalization as an opportunity to foist California’s irrational environmental regulations on other states, such as our 50% renewable mandate, ban on electricity from coal, classification of any hydroelectric facility larger than 30 megawatts as “not renewable,” killing off the oil industry and the jobs they create, and shutting down nuclear power plants.”

“In the last several years Californians have seen our energy costs skyrocket out of control.  This has taken a particular toll on the disadvantaged communities that I represent in our Central Valley.  I would urge you to be concerned and cautious about joining into any partnership given California’s history of a poorly concocted ‘energy deregulation’ fiasco that led to rolling blackouts, utilities going bankrupt, skyrocketing energy rates, selling of state bonds to pay to finance extremely expensive power, and a Governor ultimately being recalled.”

For a copy of the letter, click here.

Video of Olsen’s statement: https://vimeo.com/183894696